How Do I Change an Apple iPod Battery A1199?

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How Do I Change an Apple iPod Battery A1199?
Save some money and replace your iPod A1199 battery yourself. (stack of cash image by jimcox40 from

The Apple iPod A1199 battery is the replacement battery for the iPod Nano 2G (second generation). The iPod Nano 2G is an MP3 player, known best for its smaller size. Unlike its predecessors, the iPod Nano 2G also comes in a variety of colours. You can take the iPod to the nearest Apple store and have them replace the battery for you, but if you do it yourself, you'll save a lot of cash.

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Things you need

  • Small flathead screwdriver
  • Soldering iron
  • Replacement battery

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  1. 1

    Pop the top of the iPod Nano off by wedging a small, flathead screwdriver underneath it. It's connected with adhesive, so you may have to work at it a little bit. Repeat this step with the bottom.

  2. 2

    Unscrew the little screws on the top of the iPod and set them aside. Remove the screws from the bottom side of the iPod and set them aside also.

  3. 3

    Wedge your small, flathead screwdriver underneath the headphone jack and slowly pry it upward. It should come straight up, but don't take it all the way out of the iPod. There's a ribbon that connects these two pieces. Be careful not to rip it. Lift the headphone jack as far out as it will go (it should still be connected to the iPod via the ribbon).

  4. 4

    Stick your screwdriver into the iPod, along the length of the ribbon and then press upward. You should feel the connector inside of the iPod pop out, letting you know that it's been unlatched.

  5. 5

    Pry off the metal bracket that surrounds the charge port. Remove it completely and set it aside.

  6. 6

    Remove the screw that's located in the hole where the headphone jack was.

  7. 7

    Press on the bottom of the iPod and push the main board (the screen, hard drive and battery) out through the top. Remove the main board completely from its casing.

  8. 8

    Flip the main board so that the battery is exposed. Locate the three small wires that are soldered to the circuit board. De-solder the wires and remove the battery.

  9. 9

    Put the new battery in the old battery's place and solder its wires to the circuit board. Place the main board back into its casing and replace all the screws.

Tips and warnings

  • Take caution when de-soldering the battery's wires. Inflicting too much heat on them could melt the circuit board. Have a friend who knows about soldering do it for you if you're not sure how to do it yourself.

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